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SM 37/1/29


[2] Survey of the first floor of Black Rod's House, 23 July 1825


First floor Plan of the Usher of the Black Rod's House / House of Lords


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled: First Floor, Bed Room (twice), Drawing Room, Library and room dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 23 July 1825
    L I Fields / July 23 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash, pricked for transfer on wove paper (490 x 353)


Soane Office


The largest room - the drawing room - measures 21 feet 4½ inches by 15 feet 6 inches and has a canted bay on the east side that looked out onto the River Thames. A staircase leads up to an attic storey but there are no surviving plans of this floor at the Soane Museum.



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